Christian Siriano has had a collection for Payless in the works for awhile now – and the first few pairs are up! The platform sole, punky details, and cone shaped heel are right on trend, and I do love a colored sole. None of the original designs that he debuted have shown up yet however…maybe he had to tone down the designs? Or maybe they were deemed too similar to the Rodarte collection? Either way, I hope the blue and green tapestry pair are available at some point!

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Another fashion blogger fell for with the same shoes I just bought at the Anniversary Sale, and she also pointed out that they are a close replica of the Giambattista Valli’s that Rachel Evan Wood wore a few years back, which I had totally forgotten about. I loved them then, and I love my more budget friendly version now!

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I found this dress on the clearance rack at Target for $4! I love the plum color, pockets, and the exposed zipper in back. It’s definitely an easy piece to throw on and go out to dinner which is where I wore this with a burgundy belt and Michael Kors two tone burgundy pumps that I snagged at last year’s Nordstrom sale. Very simple but mixing ridiculously cheap pieces with more quality items is one of my favorite style tricks.

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I go back and forth about posting outfit pictures on my blog. I usually don’t think to take pictures even if I’ve put thought into what I’m wearing and I’m actually pretty camera shy. But I like getting outfit inspiration from other the other sites on my blogroll so much that I figured one or two posts can’t hurt!

How did I not already know about The Outnet? Shoeperwoman saved my day by posting a pair of shoes from this site. Designed by the same team as Net-A-Porter, this website offers the same high end labels at discount prices. It’s a treasure trove of gorgeous things, but what caught my eye (not surprisingly) was these amazing Giueseppe Zanotti sandals – I’m a sucker for anything tortoiseshell. I also love that they show each item in a fully styled look which was one of my favorite features from Net-A-Porter. I still can’t justify these at $318 but I’ll be keeping an eye on the site for sure.

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It’s no secret that I love Nordstrom – not only because I grew up shopping at the flagship store in Seattle or because I worked there (definitely miss the employee discount) – but because the have the best sale known to mankind every summer. All the brand new, not released in other stores yet Fall merchandise is 33% off for two weeks. I enjoy digging through the clearance racks as much as the next girl, but there’s something fun about getting a deal on new fashion that is selected and merchandized really well. You can find the catalog is online here, and these are some of the highlights I’m looking forward to checking out:

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A drapey cardigan with leggings is probably one of the most comfortable outfit combinations ever, especially for flying. I love how it looks belted and worn backwards.

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These outfits are classic and perfect for work, and every piece is under $50!

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Maybe it’s because I grew up in Seattle in the 90’s but I can’t get enough of soft plaid tunics. Wearing them with skinny black trousers gives the top a much more modern look than shredded jeans though!

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And just a smattering of the gorgeous shoes. I went in to peek at the presale last weekend and already bought a pair of flat calf high motorcylce boots and the red cut-out pumps in the lower corner, but I bought them in black suede. For five inch heels they’re very comfortable and the 1940s meets Dita von Teese look was too much for me to resist.

When it came time to plan our honeymoon, France was an obvious choice – we wanted to travel to another country (because I had only been to Canada before) complete with beaches, amazing food and wine, and lots of museums. Those deciding factors plus the fact that French was my minor in college clinched the deal pretty quickly. Plus, having now been there, I really do think there is something to the whole “Paris is the most romantic city in the world” thing, cliche as it may sound.

Our plan was to spend 9 days in Nice along the Southern coast, then take the train up to Paris for the last four days. In Nice we rented an adorable apartment from Riveria Pebbles which I would definitely recommend. True, your bed isn’t made for you every morning, but having a kitchen and a washing machine let us pretend that we were locals, and the awesome European lifestyle was just life as usual. Plus it’s surprisingly cheap!

Nice was gorgeous and a perfect way to start a honeymoon since it has a much more relaxed Meditteranean vibe. It’s also really centrally located, so we were able to take day trips to Monaco and Eze for one Euro apiece. Probably the most memorable (and most strenuous) thing we did was hiking Nietzche’s Path, a steep path that connects the two parts of Eze – definitely some of the most spectacular views on the trip. It’s definitely worth doing if you’re close enough to make the trip! Also, eat at Bar du Coins. Cheapest and best Italian food I’ve ever eaten, enough said.

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In Paris we stayed in a little boutique hotel in Montmartre, which ended up being right next door to Cafe des Deux Moulins which is where a lot of my favorite movie Amelie is filmed. I immediately fell in love with the neighborhood; if you stray out onto the main streets it definitely feels a little touristy but all the back alleys and dimly lit cafes still have a bohemian feel about them and the bars are packed with locals.

I could go on and on about the museums, the architechture, and the art but suffice it to say that it was all fantastic. We were pretty laid back though, and more intent on soaking up the atmosphere than checking things off the to do list. Sitting in a cafe, drinking wine and talking about what you just saw for three hours is almost as fun  than the actual experience itself!

And oh, the shopping. If you’re in Paris, you have to go to Galeries Lafayette, otherwise known as shopping mecca. Besides all the usual range of mid range to couture clothes, they have dozens of cafes and restaurants, a gourmet grocery store, and the most gorgeous decor you’ve even seen. On our trip overall I ended up with a linen Kookai dress, lightweight Mango blazer, Promod belt, San Marina shoes, and a cool lacy tunic from a street vendor (I’m sure I’ll post pictures at some point). Not too shabby right?

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Trying to keep up with all the various fashion blogs out there is nearly impossible, but sometimes you find one that you know you instantly want to follow. For me, Sea of Shoes was love at first sight. Jane’s wardrobe is insane – full of couture, vintage and avant garde pieces and as a online style guru she has already designed a capsule shoes collection for Urban Outfitters – and she’s only 17.

While I love the practical and budget savvy side to fashion, sometimes I just want to indulge in the more fantastic and inspiring side.  The clothes, the photography, and the trends on this site are intriguing and provocative. Not all of us can jet set to exclusive Tokyo boutiques or justify niche pieces like a one sleeved asymmetrical blazer, but we can be inspired by it!

Plus who doesn’t love gratuitous shots of shoes, including so many of my current crushes,YSL cage heels, Prada peep toes and so many more.